The Arc Foundation of Monroe Welcomes New Board of Directors Chair

Arc Foundation of Monroe

Since its inception, The Arc Foundation of Monroe has continually expanded in innovative ways to meet the needs of people supported and employed by The Arc of Monroe. A large part of the Foundation’s success has been due to its engaged board members. For the last three years, Lisa Powers has graciously led as the Foundation’s Board Chair. Shortly after Lisa moved back to Rochester in 1999, she began working with a family who had a son with Down syndrome. As she continued her law career working with this family, she developed an affinity for people who had disabilities and …

What is the Difference between a Pandemic and an Endemic?

Health and Wellness, Staff Perspectives

Written by Sue Sproule, MPA, RN, Director of Nursing at The Arc of Monroe What is the Difference between a Pandemic and an Endemic? During the past two years of living through this pandemic, we have had to learn so many new terms. Words like “novel,” “close contact,” “N-95,” “quarantine vs. isolation,” and others. The list goes on and on. The latest word to emerge is “Endemic.” I thought it might be good to explain the difference between a “Pandemic” and an “Endemic.” The World Health Organization (WHO) declared a global pandemic in March of 2020 due to the rapid …

Love Your Job! 3 Reasons I Love Working at The Arc of Monroe

Employment, Staff Perspectives

Love Your Job! 3 Reasons I Love Working at The Arc of Monroe Do you love what you are doing? Do you want to love what you do? Then maybe a career at The Arc of Monroe is for you. Here are 3 reasons Accounting Manager, Anatasia Bazzett, loves working at The Arc of Monroe. Inclusive Environment I love working at the Arc for many reasons. In addition to the agency pushing its Mission to the forefront of service delivery, the agency also works very dedicatedly to create an inclusive environment that extends beyond a person’s abilities. It also embraces cultural diversity …

Nursing in the IDD Field

Health and Wellness, Staff Perspectives

Written by Sue Sproule, MPA, RN, Director of Nursing at The Arc of Monroe March is National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, and I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to share about how special it is to work as a nurse supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Rewarding Career One of the most rewarding aspects of being a nurse and caring for people with IDD is that we can build meaningful connections with the people we support. It’s unlike a hospital or family medicine environment where patients are constantly in and out, never staying (hopefully) for extended …

Celebrate a World of Flavors for National Nutrition Month

Health and Wellness, Staff Perspectives, Uncategorized

Written by Antonietta Alfano, Diet Technician at The Arc of Monroe March is National Nutrition Month! This month was created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to help increase awareness of the importance of nutrition and knowing where you can find nutrition experts to help you achieve your goals. This is also a great time to help motivate yourself to make healthy changes and do personal research on what works for you, your body and your lifestyle. Your very own Diet Technician is here to share all of the cool elements of nutrition! Did you also know that I …

Arc Alliance Announces Newly Appointed Co-Chairs


Arc Alliance is a self-advocacy group hosted by The Arc of Monroe comprised of people with disabilities across the Rochester region. The group meets monthly to talk about the latest issues that people with disabilities face in their communities, as well as practical solutions to bring meaningful change. In 2022, Reenie Levy and Josh D. were voted to lead the group as the new co-chairs. Meet Reenie I have been at the Arc of Monroe since 1985 when I worked in the Arc workshop until I was 40. I advocated to take the R word out of our organization’s name …

Arc of Monroe Welcomes New Assistant Director of Nursing

Staff Perspectives

The Arc of Monroe welcomes Nicole Emler, MSN, RN to her role as the Assistant Director of Nursing. Niki returns to the agency with 20 years as an RN and 8 years as a Nurse Practitioner. “Niki’s previous role at The Arc as a residential RN and her supervisory role in rehab and long-term care facilities makes her a perfect fit for this very important position within the agency,” Sue Sproule, Director of Nursing at The Arc of Monroe, said. “We look forward to the enhancements her presence will create within the medical team!” Our nursing team works tirelessly to …

Understanding The Intersection of Black & Disability History

Advocacy, Stories Of People We Support

For decades, civil rights advocates have led the way in creating meaningful change in American society for many diverse groups of people. As the Civil Rights Movement picked up momentum across the United States in the mid-1900’s, the Disability Rights Movement mirrored many of the same efforts, creating an overlap in advocacy for both populations. Generations of Black people and people with disabilities were treated in horrific ways throughout our nation’s history. In order to help create a more welcoming, kind community, self-advocates and supporting staff of Arc Alliance – a self-advocacy group organized by The Arc of Monroe – …

Snow Much Fun with Ballantyne!

Stories Of People We Support

Ballantyne Day Services had snow much fun taking advantage of this winter weather! Staff treated everyone to hot cocoa, games at the lodge and sledding at Harris Whalen Park for a fun outing. Ballantyne Day Services is designed to support the specific needs of aging adults, including those with dementia and Alzheimer’s. For more information, visit

Identifying Aspiration Pneumonia

Health and Wellness

Have you ever experienced a meal where something “went down the wrong pipe”? If so, you’ve experienced what’s known as aspiration. This is a fairly common occurrence that can occasionally lead to aspiration pneumonia when someone can’t cough up whatever has entered his or her airways. Pneumonia is a breathing condition in which there is inflammation (swelling) or an infection of the lungs or large airways. Aspiration pneumonia occurs when food, saliva, liquids, or vomit is breathed into the lungs or airways leading to the lungs, instead of being swallowed into the esophagus and stomach. As you can imagine, aspirating …